CAPE Member Organizations
Agudath Israel of America
Agudath Israel of America, founded in 1922, is a broadly based organization with chapters in major communities throughout the United States and Canada. It sponsors a broad range of constructive projects in the fields of education, children's welfare, and social action affecting the lives of young and old in far-flung parts of the Americas, Israel, Europe, and elsewhere. Its responsibilities include representing and promoting the interests of the Orthodox yeshivos and day schools across the country.
American Montessori Society
Since its formation in 1960, the American Montessori Society has been a mainstay of the Montessori Movement. Its mission is to provide the leadership and inspiration that make Montessori a significant voice in education. A nonprofit, member-supported, professional organization based in New York City, AMS has members on six continents worldwide.
In keeping with its commitment to quality education, AMS strives to anticipate and respond to the needs of its varied constituents. The organization accredits schools and affiliates teacher education programs that meet its rigorous standards, provides professional development opportunities for educators, offers guidance and grants for researchers, creates resources for parents, and more.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures. Appropriate for children and youth of all ages (infants – adolescents), it is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
Association Montessori International–USA
The Association Montessori International of the United States (AMI/USA) brings the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori to the education of children, to help them attain their full potential in our multicultural society. The goals of AMI/USA are:
- To promote the growth of Montessori education as formulated by Maria Montessori in both private and public schools;
- To promote the development of teacher training and assist in establishing training facilities;
- To foster public understanding of the Montessori pedagogical principles and practice among families and communities;
- To collaborate with AMI affiliated organizations;
- To maintain effective fiscal and organizational strength.
Association of Christian Schools International
The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to be devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI works to accomplish its mission by providing many of the resources needed by nearly 24,000 member schools in over 100 countries around the world. The combined enrollment of these member schools exceeds 5.5 million students, making ACSI the largest Protestant school organization in the world.
ACSI began in 1978 as the result of a union of several Christian school associations throughout the United States. ACSI is a nonprofit religious education association that functions as a practitioner organization with a professional staff and a committed board of directors.
The primary service ACSI offers to strengthen member schools is accreditation through its REACH instrument and accompanying relationships with all of the regional accrediting agencies in the United States. ACSI provides curriculum and standardized testing services to Christian schools via its publishing arm, Purposeful Design.
ACSI equips Christian educators primarily through professional development. ACSI’s newest medium for the delivery of professional development is NEXUS, a transformative learning community for Christian educators. This program offers professional development through NEXUS Live, an annual event that is “satellinked” to over 100 sites around the world. Additionally, through ConNEXUS, educators can access more than 500 hours of on-demand, high-level audio/video professional development. They may also participate in informal professional development through the ConNEXUS community of Christian educators.
ACSI's global headquarters is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nine U.S. regional offices serve member schools in every state. ACSI also has an office in Washington, D.C., which deals with U.S. legislative and regulatory matters. Outside the United States, 18 ACSI offices serve member schools on five continents.
ACSI member schools integrate faith and learning so that one day students will integrate faith and life. We believe that the world needs devoted followers of Jesus Christ who are thoroughly prepared to fulfill the purposes for which God created them.
Association of Christian Teachers and Schools
The Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS) offers a wealth of benefits to Christian school teachers and administrators. It strives to enlist every Assemblies of God or Pentecostal / Charismatic Christian teacher and school as active members of its Spirit-filled team. The association’s vision is to join with Christian teachers and schools to build Christian leaders for the 21st century who are empowered by the Holy Spirit. ACTS seeks to promote Christ-centered, Bible-based, Holy Spirit-directed solutions to the education challenges facing our world today.
Association of Waldorf Schools of N.A.
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America is an association of independent Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher education institutes.
AWSNA's mission is to encourage and further Waldorf education, and to assist each school and teacher training center linked through it in the United States, Canada and Mexico to improve the quality of the education it offers.
Waldorf Education is a developmentally appropriate, balanced education that integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. Waldorf Education encourages the development of each child's sense of truth, beauty, and goodness; an antidote to violence, alienation, and cynicism. The aim of the education is to fully develop the capacities of each student and to inspire a love for lifelong learning.
Christian Schools International
Christian Schools International is a community of Christian day schools and affiliated institutions which share a Reformed, Christian perspective. Our members are located primarily throughout North America and are organized geographically into districts. Our mission is to advance Christian education and to support schools in their task of teaching students to know God and his world and to glorify him through obedient service. Christian Schools International, through the international office or its districts, provides programs for and counsel to school boards, administrators, students and teachers. We also assist member schools in serving the parents and constituents in their communities. Specifically we provide:
- leadership for a united witness regarding the role of Christian education in society,
- materials that promote and explain the concept of Christian education,
- biblically-based textbooks, curriculum materials, and periodicals,
- information and encouragement for organizing, governing, and administering schools in ways which honor Christian principles,
- health and benefit programs for employees and their families which demonstrate biblical concern for their well-being.
Council on Educational Standards and Accountability
The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability exists to motivate, support, and hold accountable Christian schools that aspire to superlative academic standards, institutional best practices, and collaboration with like-minded schools.
CESA serves Christian schools and Christian organizations through leadership services, academic enrichment, programmatic development, professional development, and by providing fellowship and fraternity to those who serve within Christian institutions. Coming alongside schools and organizations, CESA seeks to enable Christian schools with rigorous, objective standards to guide their development, providing schools with the tools necessary to reach such standards and the networks necessary to propel Christian schools with excellence and accountability as their hallmarks.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Education has been a cornerstone in the Lutheran tradition. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) continues to provide and support schools for children in their youngest stages of development through to those who pursue learning in the university. The ELCA is a church body of five million members belonging to 11,000 congregations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. More than 2,000 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provide either an early childhood education center, elementary schools or secondary school.
In the past four years the ELCA has experienced a steady rise in the number of schools operated by congregations. The programs are an integral element in the ministry of the congregation as it carries out its mission in developing intellectual skills of youngsters as well as nurturing spiritual formation. Lutheran schools and centers can be found in urban, suburban and rural settings serving a quarter of a million children. The children and students enrolled in these schools often are not Lutheran. It is not the intent of congregations to operate schools solely for members, but rather as a way of reaching out and cooperatively joining hands with the community in efforts for quality education of the whole child. More than one third of the students enrolled in Lutheran elementary and secondary schools and almost one quarter of the school staffs are African American, Hispanic or Asian.
The mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American in education is to advance excellence which embraces every field and level of learning and to build community. The ELCA Department of Schools offers programs, leadership, support, advocacy and counsel to early childhood education centers and schools to assist them in nurturing members of their communitiesfor service to God, to church, and the world.
Friends Council on Education
In 1668 The Religious Society of Friends set up schools where boys and girls could be taught those things which would make them useful members of society. More than that, education, according to the Quaker theory, ought not to be man-centered nor state-centered. It must minister to the needs of body, mind, and spirit; it must be both for time and for eternity; it must partake of both the human and the divine. Today, over 300 years later, this theory serves as the core of the philosophy of each of our North American Friends schools.
Founded in 1931, the Friends Council on Education is a coordinating service for Quaker nursery, elementary, and secondary schools in the United States. Among the 77 Friends schools it serves are some of the oldest in North America, with traditions that have played a major part in the Quaker heritage of the Western world.
The Council acts as a source of nurture for the schools by offering workshops, special consultations for teachers and administrators, financial grants to assist schools, and publishing a newsletter and pamphlets on Friends education. Through its work with CAPE, the Council serves as the national voice for Friends concerns for the education of all children.
The Friends Council on Education sees its strength in trying to enhance the continuum of deeply felt religious values through all its schools and colleges, not for the parochial advantage of those involved in them, but for the common good and public purpose they serve.
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Since 1640 Lutheran schools have existed in our country. Early Lutheran settlers upheld the high value of education which continues to be upheld by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). According to the LCMS by-laws, "the most effective education agencies available to the church for equipping children and youth for ministry are the full-time Lutheran elementary and secondary schools."
Initially our schools were begun to teach the church family's students how to read so they could study the Bible and the catechism. Gradually, the curriculum was expanded to include the other subjects which became standard in the "new" public schools, so Lutheran school students could become productive Christian citizens and church leaders. It is assumed that the Christian faith is shared, as opportunities arise, throughout the school day in all subjects by Lutheran Christian teachers.
From our oldest Lutheran school, St. Mathew in Manhattan, which has been continuously operating since 1752, the LCMS has expanded to 2023 Lutheran schools. There are Lutheran schools in every state. Currently, there are 62 LCMS high schools, 991 elementary schools and 1,170 early childhood centers serving a total of 280, 714 students. Of this total, 199,209 students are in elementary schools, 16,047 in secondary schools and 65,458 in early childhood centers. A total of 17,819 educators serve in this schools, 70% of which are specifically prepared and certified by the LCMS to serve in our Lutheran schools. Most early childhood educators are employed part time. These church-certified educators are considered to be Ministers of Religion, Commissioned by the LCMS. Most also hold state teaching certificates.
Approximately 42% of the students in Lutheran schools are members of the operating congregations. The rest, 58%, come from the general public, seeking the quality Christian education we provide. Luther school students are 84% white, 6% Black, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 2% from other racialgroups.
National Association of Episcopal Schools
The mission of the National Association of Episcopal Schools is to serve those who serve Episcopal schools. Within the Christian tradition of inclusion and open inquiry, the National Association of Episcopal Schools:
- Affirms the spiritual dimension of learning that values both faith and reason.
- Creates and nurtures an extended community of leaders in order to foster partnerships, unity, mutual support, and professional growth.
- Promotes personal formation through moral, spiritual, intellectual, creative, physical, and social development.
- Assists Episcopal schools in creating supportive communities through worship, learning, pastoral care, and service.
- Recognizes, appreciates, and supports the diversity within and among Episcopal schools.
- Helps schools explore, discover, and articulate their visions and ministries as Episcopal schools.
National Association of Independent Schools
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a voluntary non-profit membership association, is the national advocate for independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States and abroad. NAIS member schools are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that maintain fiscal independence from tax or church monies. They practice nondiscriminatory policies, are approved by a recognized evaluation process, and are independently governed by boards of trustees. NAIS provides professional development and many other support services for members -- from seminars to seed money.
NAIS promotes independent education to the general public and speaks out for members with a national voice on national issues. The association publishes Independent School magazine and numerous books and newsletters of interest to the education community.
Large schools, small schools, established schools, new schools, day schools, boarding schools, coed schools, single-sex schools -- NAIS services or clusters of services are of benefit to every subgroup among independent schools. Key individuals within the independent school community -- heads, trustees, division heads, admission/[ financial aid and development officers, business managers, directors of studies, deans of faculty, department heads and association executives -- are the focus for NAIS services.
National Catholic Educational Association
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is the largest private professional education association in the world. Founded in 1904, the association represents 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, religious education programs and seminaries throughout the United States.
NCEA advocates recognition of and support for Catholic education at local, national and international levels. In providing leadership and service to its members, the association conducts an annual convention and exposition for all those interested in Catholic education as well as a special convocation for Directors of Religious Education. Last year, this event attracted 10,000 delegates and featured 350 workshops. The annual meeting of NCEA's Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities is held in mid-winter and the department of Chief Administrators of Catholic education convenes in the fall. A development symposium and numerous workshops and summer programs also are organized each year.
The association conducts extensive research and publishes a variety of reports and handbooks and collects annual statistics on teachers and students in Catholic schools. NCEA Notes and an award-winning journal, Momentum, are among the association's many periodic publications.
Government relations is a key undertaking of the association, and the NCEA president and departmental leaders work closely with colleagues at the United States Catholic Conference to promote member interest at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Governors Association and the legislative and executive branches of government.
Another collaborative project with USCC is the national marketing campaign in support of Catholic education. Congress'96, a follow-up to the National Congress on Catholic Schools for the Twenty-first Century held in November 1991, will be held during the April convention in Philadelphia. The congress has been designed to chart a course for a larger and stronger Catholic school network in the United States. By telling the story of Catholic schools' academic and religious successes to legislators, community and business leaders and other key audiences, the campaign serves to broaden support for Catholic education.
National Christian School Association
The National Christian School Association is an educational association of more than 120 secondary schools in 30 states serving more than 40,000 students. Most NCSA schools are independent, governed by a self-perpetuating board. A few are a ministry of a particular congregation, children's home or university. All the schools have a strong relationship with the churches of Christ. Students of all faiths are welcome at member schools of the National Christian School Association.
The roots of the NCSA date back to annual conferences of Christian school administrators since 1975. The current NCSA began in 1980 as Partners in Christian education, a fraternal organization for schools associated with the churches of Christ. In 1988 the name was changed to the National Christian School Association. A Board of Trustees made up of administrators from member schools and headed by a president leads the NCSA.
Since 1988 the Association has been accrediting its member schools. A Board of Commissioners comprised of administrators from accredited schools, university educators and public school administrators governs the process. The NCSA is a member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation, a consortium of several private school organizations dedicated to preserving the integrity of the accreditation process for thousands of private schools across the nation.
The NCSA is recognized by the Office of Non-Public Education in the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Educational Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. The NCSA's Children's Crown and Lamplighter Awards for outstanding children's literature have been recognized by the Accelerated Reader corporation, which makes a diskette of questions from books on the list available to all public and private schools each year.
National Christian School Association member schools stress academic excellence in a Christian environment. Most member schools are accredited by one or more state, regional or private accrediting agencies. As a group, NCSA schools average between the 70th and 95th percentiles in standardized test scores. Graduates of NCSA schools typically score higher than their state averages on ACT and SAT scores. Two member schools have earned the "Blue Ribbon School" designation from the U.S. Department of Education, the nation's highest secondary school award. Each year, NCSA member schools in several states win athletic, music and forensics titles competing with both public and private schools.
The NCSA holds its annual convention the first weekend in March each year. Recent speakers at NCSA conventions have included former secretary of education and best-selling author William J. Bennett, Richard W. Riley, Secretary of Education for the Clinton administration and publisher Knight Kiplinger of the Kiplinger Report.
Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship
The Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship (ORUEF) is a professional service organization that provides networking opportunities and support services for Charismatically open Christian preschools, elementary/secondary schools, and Bible schools. ORUEF is a vital component in collaborating with the Oral Roberts University to fulfill its goals.
With a network of schools that serve more than 36,000 K-12 students in the United States, ORUEF "seeks to instill within member schools an enthusiasm to be responsible and reputable leaders in the field of education—professionally, academically, and spiritually." Another goal is to help Christian schools become stronger while increasing camaraderie among Christian school leaders, teachers, and staff.
The many services that ORUEF provides member schools include "a National Christian Honor Student Association, legal referral, assistance in curriculum development, new school seminars, and the National Christian High School Finals Competition. Each May ORUEF sponsors on the ORU campus, a national Christian high school competition with approximately 1,500 students competing in over 140 events, including art, music, drama, speech, debate, academics, athletics, and cheerleading."
Seventh-day Adventist Board of Education
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America operates a system of elementary and secondary schools that began officially in 1872. The 1150 schools come in all sizes and reach from Portland, Maine to Nome, Alaska, from Key West, Florida to Calexico, California. In addition, the church operates in North America ten colleges and two universities. It is one of the larger protestant parochial school systems in the United States with nearly 90,000 students enrolled at all levels.
The Church's philosophy of Christian education is based on scripture and contributes significantly to academic excellence and to the nurture and continuation of values and religion which have been part of the North American tradition for nearly four centuries.
The primary aim of Seventh-day Adventist schools is to provide opportunity for students to accept Christ as their Savior and to provide a climate of warmth and caring where faith can develop and mature.
The education program is predicated on the belief that each student is unique and of inestimable value, and on the importance of the development of the whole person. The home, church and school work together to provide a consistent voice where children can grow into balanced, mature adults able to love God and care about others. Students are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of people in the home and society and to becomeactive members in the church and the community.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
USCCB's Department of Education assists the bishops in their pastoral mission of teaching and promoting catechesis and education as a life-long process of total Catholic education that has, at its heart, evangelization.
The department staffs the USCCB's Committee on Education and its related committees and implements their directives and recommendations.
The department works collaboratively with other USCCB secretariats and departments, as well as with national, state, and local organizations that participate in the service of the Church's educational and catechetical ministries. The department represents the interests of the Church's educational and catechetical ministries with national, state, and local agencies that affect these ministries.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Schools
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Schools exist to educate children, strengthen families, and serve the church with the power of teaching that is deeply rooted in the Bible and fully expresses the love of Jesus. The WELS Commission on Parish Schools exists to guide and assist WELS congregations in advancing the Gospel of Jesus by providing resources, training, and personal assistance for starting and strengthening Lutheran schools.